South America

Gran Velas Riviera Maya

The Gran Velas Riviera Maya takes the concept of all-inclusive to the highest level indeed, and you get your own private butler in its top suites. It’s just five minutes’ drive from Playa del Carmen and the first thing you notice when you arrive here is the huge amount of space with 70% still pristine jungle.

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Dreams Tulum Resort Yucatan

The Riviera Maya specialises in large all-inclusive resorts and Dreams Tulum Resort takes the concept to a new level. Forget about queuing up at the buffet, there are six a-la-carte restaurants where you don’t have to book and there’s also unlimited access to branded spirits and a choice of wines.

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Holbox International Gastronomy Festival. Mexico

Holbox is a tiny island, off the Northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, but every year, for three days, it stages the Holbox International Gastronomy Festival.

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Exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso

The magic of Mato Grosso is because it is home to the sprawling Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands and lofty ancient Chapada dos Guimaraes. Isobel Conway goes exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso region.

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Rio de Janeiro. There’s more to Rio than beach

“Rio de Janeiro is a magical place to be” many people told me. I remembered this as I crossed the road from the eminent Copacabana Palace Hotel and lay on the legendary shoreline, enjoying the sun and glancing up the hill towards the iconic outstretched figure of “Christ the Redeemer”.

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Condesa df hotel

Like all world-class cities, Mexico’s capital is a collection of neighbourhoods each worthy of a few days’ exploration. But with downtown and its ritzy extension Polanco so rich in cultural jewels, few visitors venture beyond, and thus miss out on the joys of Condesa, Roma, Coyoacan and San Angel, all unmissable for different reasons.

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